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When Money Can’t Buy Food


Sooner or later, it will happen. Some kind of disaster will unfold, wreaking havoc in the economy, panicking consumers, and thereby triggering a run on the grocery stores.

You might remember that, in March of 2011, an undersea earthquake triggered a tsunami that caused a power plant disaster at Fukushima, Japan. What you might not know is that, 150 miles away, in Tokyo, the population panicked, rushed to the grocery stores, and stripped the shelves bare in a matter of hours. The markets had to close, and they were not resupplied for days. Food supplies took a couple of weeks to recover. Now that immense city was not affected by the tsunami, nor by radioactive fallout. Yet the food supply was suddenly and severely disrupted.

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